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VTB United League Standings
 1 CSKA 7-1 
 2 Unics 7-1 
 3 Khimky 6-1 
 4 Zenit 6-1 
 5 Lokomotiv 6-2 
 6 Astana 5-3 
 7 VEF Riga 4-4 
 8 Enisey 4-5 
 9 Tsmoki-Minsk 3-6 
 10 Kalev/Cramo 2-6 
 11 Avtodor 1-7 
 12 N.Novgorod 1-7 
 13 Parma 0-8 
Full Standings
Points Per Game
 Nick MINNERATH
  
  (207-PF-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Minnerath, Avtodor23.0 
 2. Shved, Khimky20.3 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga19.5 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.18.9 
 5. Miller, Astana18.6 
 6. Langford, Unics18.6 
 7. Kane, N.Novgorod17.4 
 8. Andjusic, Parma16.5 
 9. Karasev, Zenit16.5 
 10. Toolson, Zenit16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Elegar, Enisey9.3 
 2. White, Zenit9.0 
 3. Clarke, Unics8.8 
 4. Krubally, Astana8.6 
 5. Kane, N.Novgorod8.0 
 6. Minnerath, Avtodor7.9 
 7. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.7.9 
 8. Todorovic, Khimky7.0 
 9. Jones, Lokomotiv6.8 
 10. Gagic, Tsmoki-Min.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Markovic, Zenit7.6 
 2. Colom, Unics6.9 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.6.3 
 4. Frazier, Avtodor6.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA6.3 
 6. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.6.2 
 7. Rochestie, Lokom.5.4 
 8. Ponkrashov, Unics5.3 
 9. Katsivelis, Astana5.0 
 10. Collins, Lokomotiv4.9 
Steals Per Game
 DeAndre KANE
  
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kane, N.Novgorod2.4 
 2. Kaimakoglou, Unics2.0 
 3. Boungou-Colo, Khi.1.9 
 4. Timma, Zenit1.8 
 5. Clarke, Unics1.8 
 6. Rochestie, Lokom.1.8 
 7. Lowery, Astana1.8 
 8. Voronov, Unics1.7 
 9. Markovic, Zenit1.6 
 10. Higgins, CSKA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Artsiom PARAKHOUSKI
  
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Parakhouski, Unics1.8 
 2. Monya, Khimky1.8 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 4. Gabriel, Lokomotiv1.2 
 5. Carrera, Avtodor1.0 
 6. Todorovic, Khimky0.9 
 7. Bezbradica, VEF R.0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Lokom.0.9 
 9. Elegar, Enisey0.8 
 10. Katsivelis, Astana0.8 
Player of the week

 Suleiman Braimoh
  Enisey
  (203-F/C-104)
  
Next Round Schedule

Round 11 (Regular Season)

CSKA 90% Dec.11 VEF Riga
Zenit 55% Dec.11 Unics
Khimky 97% Dec.10 Parma
Avtodor Dec.10 Kalev/Cramo 53%
Astana Dec.10 Lokomotiv 53%
Day 16: BC Nizhny Novgorod edges CSKA Moscow by two points - Mar 4, 2013


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There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in VTB United League. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the VTB United League took place in Nizhny Novgorod. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked CSKA Moscow (12-3) to fifth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (9-7) 70-68 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 17 points. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with BC Astana. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow keeps the second place with three games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod is looking forward to face higher ranked VEF Riga (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CSKA Moscow will play against CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in St.Petersburg. Fifth ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (9-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 78-75 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. David Simon contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) replied with 20 points and 4 steals for Spartak St.Petersburg. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Kazakhstan champion maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Krasnie Krilya. BC Astana will play against league's second-placed Unics Kazan at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Sixth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy won against host Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-11) 78-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Kyle Landry who helped to win the game recording 22 points. At the losing side Jason Rich responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Enisey Krasnoyarsk's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains sixth position with 8-8 record, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy will meet Neptunas (#9) in the next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. First ranked Unics Kazan won against visiting Krasnie Krilya (11-5) 74-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by Chuck Eidson who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unics Kazan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record, which they share with Khimky and Lokomotiv. Krasnie Krilya at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be BC Astana (#5) on the road. Krasnie Krilya will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn.
Lithuanian leader Zalgiris delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (5-10) 90-84. Oliver Lafayette fired 15 points for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris (15-1) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first position. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Zalgiris will face Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CEZ Nymburk will play against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Khimky defeated Lietuvos rytas in Khimki 88-79. Kalev/Cramo were beaten by Azovmash at home 73-77. PGE Turow lost to BC Donetsk on the opponent's court 85-99. Lokomotiv outscored Neptunas in a home game 84-48. BC Astana recorded a loss to Spartak SP on the road 74-57. Tsmoki-Minsk lost to Latvian defending champion VEF Riga on its own court 74-85.
The best stats of 16th round was 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Ivan Radenovic of BC Donetsk.



Lietuvos rytas - Khimky 79-88

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 6th ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (8-8) were defeated by second ranked Russian Khimky (12-4) 88-79 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-12. But Lietuvos rytas won second period 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 20 points. Lithuanian Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) produced 14 points and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Unics and Lokomotiv. Loser Lietuvos rytas keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Khimky will face Azovmash (#9) in Mariupol in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lietuvos rytas will play on the road against BC Donetsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 14+3reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 13+2reb, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Blums 11+2ast, S.Babrauskas 9+2reb, D.Ivanov 8+6reb+1ast
Khimky: P.Davis 20+4reb, K.Loncar 15+5reb+4ast, V.Fridzon 11+3ast, K.Rivers 10+1reb+3ast, Z.Planinic 8+2reb+4ast, S.Monya 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 217661


Kalev/Cramo - Azovmash 73-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Tallinn where tenth ranked Ukrainian Azovmash (3-13) defeated 9th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (3-13) 77-73 on Monday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Azovmash made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. Azovmash's coach Sergei Zavalin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. U.S. Virgin Islands center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Gary Wilkinson (205-82, college: Utah St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Azovmash moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Kalev/Cramo. Kalev/Cramo lost fifth consecutive game. Azovmash will face league's leader Khimky in Khimki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: F.Elegar 16+6reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 12+5reb+2ast, K.McLeod 10+2reb+4ast, T.Abbott 10+1ast, B.Fall 9+8reb, T.Sokk 7+3reb+1ast
Azovmash: M.Raduljica 14+5reb, T.Dragicevic 13+10reb+4ast, L.Greer 12+8ast, S.Serapinas 11+3reb, I.Zaytsev 11+7reb, R.Murray 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 217662


BC Donetsk - PGE Turow 99-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Polish PGE Turow's (4-12) road loss to seventh ranked Ukrainian BC Donetsk (7-9) 85-99 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-85. BC Donetsk made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded PGE Turow 35-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. PGE Turow was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). French-Polish forward Aaron Cel (203-87) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four BC Donetsk and five PGE Turow players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Ukrainian champion maintains seventh position with 7-9 record. Loser PGE Turow keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. BC Donetsk will face higher ranked Lietuvos rytas (#6) in Vilnius in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. PGE Turow will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: A.Cel 13+5reb+3ast, D.Micic 12+1reb+4ast, P.Stelmach 12+1reb+2ast, I.Opacak 11+3reb+1ast, D.Jackson 11+2reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+2reb+3ast
BC Donetsk: D.Songaila 29+6reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 26+9reb+7ast, R.Curry 12+5reb+6ast, O.Lypovyy 10+1reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 9, C.Millage 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 217663


CEZ Nymburk - Zalgiris 84-90

Lithuanian leader Zalgiris delivered the fifteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (5-10) 90-84. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But CEZ Nymburk won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. CEZ Nymburk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, college: Houston) fired 15 points for the winners. Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points and Jiri Welsch (199-80) added 11 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris (15-1) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains first position. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Zalgiris will face Tsmoki-Minsk (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CEZ Nymburk will play against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Rancik 20+3reb, T.Carter 15+1reb+3ast, V.Hruban 12+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 12+5reb+1ast, J.Welsch 11+2reb+9ast, M.Efevberha 8+3reb
Zalgiris: O.Lafayette 15+4reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 10+2reb, M.Kuzminskas 10+9reb, K.Lavrinovic 10+6reb+1ast, D.Lavrinovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Popovic 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 217658


Lokomotiv - Neptunas 84-48

Very predictable result in Kuban where third ranked Russian Lokomotiv (12-4) outscored 9th ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (2-14) 84-48 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Neptunas was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Neptunas to just 7 points in second quarter. Lokomotiv held Neptunas to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 55.6 percent accuracy of the winners and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Lokomotiv had a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Neptunas' players. Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Interperformances) fired 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. Forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) produced 7 points and 10 rebounds and forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Unics and Khimky. Neptunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 14 games lost. Lokomotiv will face league's second-placed CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Neptunas will play against Triumph Lyubertsy (#6) in Lubertsy.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Gailius 10+5reb, V.Vasylius 9+9reb, S.Galdikas 7+10reb+1ast, V.Sarakauskas 7+5reb, M.Mazeika 4+2ast, M.Runkauskas 4
Lokomotiv: M.Kalnietis 14+1reb+6ast, D.Brown 14+5reb+2ast, M.Grigoryev 10+2reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 10+8reb, S.Jasaitis 9+3reb+1ast, V.Likhodey 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 217656


Spartak SP - BC Astana 74-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana's (9-7) road loss to fourth ranked Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 57-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. Spartak St.Petersburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to third place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya. Defending Kazakhstan champion BC Astana keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will face PGE Turow (#8) in Zgorzelec in the next round where they are favorite. BC Astana will play at home against the league's second-placed Unics Kazan.
Top scorers:
BC Astana: D.Simon 23+8reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 7+4ast, A.Bose 6+4reb, R.Marshall 4+1reb, M.Voyeykov 3+1reb
Spartak SP: Z.Wright 17+5reb+2ast, J.Carter 15+2reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 13+12reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 13+1reb+3ast, Y.Korolev 6+4reb, A.Koscheev 4
gschID: 217660


N.Novgorod - CSKA 70-68

The most exciting game of round 16 in the VTB United League took place in Nizhny Novgorod. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked CSKA Moscow (12-3) to fifth ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (9-7) 70-68 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-68. American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 17 points. Serbian center Nenad Krstic (212-83) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nizhny Novgorod maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with BC Astana. Defending Russian champion CSKA Moscow keeps the second place with three games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod is looking forward to face higher ranked VEF Riga (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CSKA Moscow will play against CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Kaun 16+4reb+1ast, N.Krstic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Weems 14+7reb, V.Micov 9+7reb+2ast, A.Vorontsevich 9+10reb, T.Papaloukas 4+2reb+3ast
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 17+4reb, D.Thompson 14+13reb+2ast, I.Savelyev 13+2reb+4ast, O.Trotter 9+2reb+3ast, A.Yakovenko 7+7reb, V.Panin 5+5reb
gschID: 217657


Enisey - Triumph 74-78

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. Sixth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy won against host Enisey Krasnoyarsk (5-11) 78-74. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and Sergey Karasev (202-93) who added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jason Rich (191-86) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 17 points and 9 assists. Enisey Krasnoyarsk's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains sixth position with 8-8 record, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy will meet Neptunas (#9) in the next round. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enisey: J.Rich 21+7reb+4ast, Z.Dowdell 17+4reb+9ast, E.Kikanovic 14+3reb+1ast, P.Gubanov 6+6reb+3ast, H.Rizvic 6+2reb, A.Komarovskiy 5+5reb+6ast
Triumph: K.Landry 22+3reb+3ast, S.Karasev 16+7reb+4ast, T.McKee 15+2reb+7ast, T.Mitchell 9+5reb+1ast, E.Valiev 6+4reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 217655


Unics - Krasnie Krilya 74-66

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Russia. First ranked Unics Kazan won against visiting Krasnie Krilya (11-5) 74-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Krasnie Krilya was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 41-31 second half run of Unics Kazan. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) supported him with 18 points. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) did not help to save the game for Krasnie Krilya. His fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unics Kazan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-4 record, which they share with Khimky and Lokomotiv. Krasnie Krilya at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be BC Astana (#5) on the road. Krasnie Krilya will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: C.Simmons 20+6reb, A.Smith 9+10reb+2ast, E.Kolesnikov 8+2reb, N.Balashov 8+3reb, D.Kulagin 6+2reb, O.Thomas 5+1reb+2ast
Unics: I.Vougioukas 18+4reb+1ast, C.Eidson 14+6reb+9ast, P.Samoylenko 9+3reb+2ast, T.Lyday 9+4reb+3ast, P.Antipov 8+2reb, N.Shabalkin 7+1reb
gschID: 217659


Spartak SP - BC Astana 75-78

Important game to mention about took place in St.Petersburg. Fifth ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (9-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th ranked Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 78-75 on Saturday evening. Spartak St.Petersburg was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 28-16 third quarter run of BC Astana. Spartak St.Petersburg was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (195-85, college: Central Mo.) replied with 20 points and 4 steals and Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Spartak St.Petersburg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Kazakhstan champion maintains fifth position with 9-7 record, which they share with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Krasnie Krilya. BC Astana will play against league's second-placed Unics Kazan at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against PGE Turow in Zgorzelec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: Z.Wright 20+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 15+1reb+4ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 12+8reb, J.Carter 11+1reb+3ast, D.Johnson-Odom 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Korolev 5+1reb
BC Astana: D.Simon 22+5reb, J.Johnson 15+6reb+6ast, B.Cvetkovic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Ponomaryov 13+6reb, M.Voyeykov 7+1reb+2ast, R.Marshall 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 229949


Tsmoki-Minsk - VEF Riga 74-85

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (10-6) won against on the road 10th ranked Belarusian Tsmoki-Minsk (1-15) 85-74 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Tsmoki-Minsk was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tsmoki-Minsk's 28. Tsmoki-Minsk was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Latvian Kaspars Berzins (213-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. VEF Riga's coach Ramunas Butautas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) produced 25 points and 4 assists and American guard Tierre Brown (188-79, college: McNeese St.) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Latvian champion maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Defending Belarusian champion Tsmoki-Minsk keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. VEF Riga will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#5) at home in the next round. Tsmoki-Minsk will play against the league's leader Zalgiris (#1) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Kudrautsau 25+2reb+4ast, T.Brown 12+1reb+3ast, A.Lashkevich 10+3reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 10+1reb, P.Ulyanko 8+3reb+1ast, D.Korshuk 3+3reb
VEF Riga: E.Rowland 19+5reb+4ast, K.Berzins 14+6reb, K.Janicenoks 14+4reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 13+7reb, A.Kavaliauskas 7+5reb, D.Bertans 5+1ast
gschID: 217654


  




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